After hearing an explosion, Elena writes a text message to her husband, Oleksiy, on her way to the metro station. When she arrived at the metro station entrance, she found Oleksiy’s lifeless body, phone in hand, as the missiles continued to rain down. Five people died, and ten were injured in this Russian attack on Ukraine.
According to the United Nations, since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, tens of thousands have been wounded, missing, or killed, 18 million have needed humanitarian assistance, and 14 million have been displaced.
Russian officials are accused of using means of rape, murder, and other acts which violate the Geneva Conventions. Russian officials are also accused of using illegal weapons that cause immense harm and suffering, including the use of explosives in
densely populated areas and the use of cluster munitions, which are banned in most of the world.
The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights, for the unlawful deportation of Ukrainian children.